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    I'm posting this to help anyone else going through the same issues I did when it has come to dog food. I did meet with the vet as I posted in the original post. She asked if she could research the issue and get back with me. She did a lot of research and consulted other vets as well. I guess Denali is a special case. Based on his history she really doesn't believe it is a food allergy and there isn't an issue with grain. (No real symptoms of this) She wants me to try him on Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach. I told her about this one. Even though she doesn't think it's an allergy she feels the salmon is a noval protien which most dogs with this problem do well on. If that doesn't work we're going to put him on I/D/K by Hills. When he was a small pup he had a lot of tummy issues and she put him on this for a short amount of time and it worked great. It's expensive though so she wants me to try the Pro Plan first. I'm going to buy the first bag today so I'm praying this will do the trick. Wish us luck!

    Thanks again for all the previous posts. I really appreciate everyone's help! Long story short......When in doubt go see the vet.

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    Glad the vet is doing some research for you and things are looking positive.

    Itchys, runny poops is common in many dogs and vets have told me it is food or environmental, or combination. Food is the easiest to treat.
    If the vet put him on it when he was a small pup this isn't a novel protein as he has had it before. A novel protein is something he has never had. If it worked then and works now this is great. With Erns and now Tessa the vet tells me to start a good food trial it has to be a novel protein, then slowly add other things to rule out food.

    You are so right..It is expensive.

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    What is "novel protein"?
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    Novel protein is a protein they have never eaten before or prepared in a way it has before.

    With Erns he had eaten them all so when he was diagnosed with Crohns and had to have a novelprotein we had a dilema so had to have hydrolised (sp) food which he had never had before.
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    The novel protien is the Pro Plan Senstive Skin and Stomach which contains salmon. He's never had salmon before. The prescription food is what he had when he was a pup. That one we're trying to avoid because of the expense and she's really hoping the Pro Plan will help. She said these things are very tricky especially since he had issues from the beginning. I'll just pray he'll do fine on this one and if not we'll go with the prescription one. You just have to do what you have to do. I'm hoping that yours continues to do well because I know you're out of choices at this point. I appreciate all your help!

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    We go back to the vet on Wednesday. I am seeing the other vet in the practice this time. I figure it doesn't hurt to have a fresh set of eyes....
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    Good luck! We are very limited on Vets here so my choices are slim. I'm glad she did the research before coming up with an answer she wasn't 100% good with. I'm also happy she's involved and I'm not alone trying to figure this out.

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